Charmaine A. Nelson is a Professor of Art History at McGill University. She has made ground-breaking contributions to the fields of the Visual Culture of Slavery, Race and Representation, and Black Canadian Studies. Nelson has published six books including The Color of Stone: Sculpting the Black Female Subject in Nineteenth-Century America (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2007) and Slavery, Geography, and Empire in Nineteenth-Century Marine Landscapes of Montreal and Jamaica (London: Routledge/Taylor & Francis, 2016). Most recently, she was the William Lyon Mackenzie King Visiting Professor of Canadian Studies at Harvard University (2017–2018).

Fugitive Slave Advertisements and/as Portraiture in late Eighteenth- and early Nineteenth-Century Canada

Wednesday, February 27, 2019
10:30 am to 12:00 pm
National Gallery of Canada
Auditorium
380 Sussex Drive
Ottawa, ON K1N 9N4
Canada

This discussion analyzes the differences and similarities between “high” art representations of enslaved Africans and the textual descriptions of enslaved people’s bodies that became a staple of fugitive advertisements. Recalling fugitive slave advertisements as a form of visual culture, Charmaine A. Nelson positions them as one part of the colonial infrastructure and network (including slave owners, printers, and jailers) that sustained the racialized distinction between free and unfree populations.

In English.

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Wednesday, February 27, 2019
10:30 am to 12:00 pm
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